Euro 2016 Top 50 Players: Number 6 Thomas Muller

Germany's Thomas Muller celebrates with the trophy

The 26-year-old German forward is coming off his best-ever goalscoring season with Bayern Munich.

Germany's Thomas Muller celebrates with the trophy

Thomas Muller, Germany – faces Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C

HITC Sport writers have compiled a list of the top 50 stars at Euro 2016, assessing players from across the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 6 is Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, who’ll be hoping to spearhead Germany’s bid to become just the third country to claim back-to-back World Cup and European Championship titles.

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International record: 70 caps, 31 goals since 2010

2015-16: Muller enjoyed his most productive Bundesliga campaign to date this past season, scoring 20 goals in 31 appearances to help Bayern win their fourth straight title with a record 28 wins.

It came after a summer of persistent rumours linking the 26-year-old attacker with a move to the Premier League, with German outlet Bild reporting last August that Manchester United had offered the Bavarian giants £60 million for his services.

Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich celebrates a goal against FC Basel

A reunion with his former manager Louis van Gaal ultimately failed to materialise, however, before the Bayern star went on to sign a new deal in December to keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2021.

"The environment [at Bayern], the infrastructure, the history and the culture in recent years are incentives that not every club, or every city, has to offer," Muller said in January [h/t Sky Sports]. "Of course, England offers a lot at the moment, but Bayern does not have to hide."

Bundesliga GoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuraryAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Thomas Muller 20 94 49% 5 60 77% 75 49% 31 2,345

Controversial moment: Muller’s impressive season made it all the more bizarre when Bayern boss Pep Guardiola opted to leave him on the bench for the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final showdown against Atletico Madrid last month.

The Spaniard's side fell to a 1-0 defeat on the night before losing the tie on away goals the following week after a 2-2 aggregate draw, and the soon-to-be Manchester City manager’s decision was roundly criticised.

Even Miller himself voiced his displeasure with the move – albeit diplomatically, telling reporters at the time [h/t Sky Sports]: "I try to cope with it professionally. It does not make you happy, but it's important to realise what is important for the team. If everyone who sits on the bench just flips, we can forget about the season."

Thomas Muller celebrates after scoring the second goal for Germany

What can we expect?

Muller shone at the past two World Cups but has yet to make his mark at the Euros, failing to find the back of the net at his first tournament in 2012 as Germany eventually lost 2-1 to Italy in the semi-finals.

Nonetheless, the versatile forward will be tasked with leading the line this summer with Miroslav Klose now out of the picture, and having netted nine goals in qualifying, it’s no surprise that he’s being widely tipped to top the scoring chants in France.

A tireless worker who always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time, he’ll play a huge role in determining how Joachim Low’s side fare in June and July.

Thomas Muller celebrates after scoring the fifth goal for Bayern Munich

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